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Annual Dinner Dance - 2010
15th January 2010
St. Mary's Rasharkin held their Annual Dinner Dance at the Elk Toome on Friday 15th January 2010. This night was a chance to take stock of the past year - our historic successes on the playing field, our celebrations to acknowledge the 125th Anniversary of the GAA and remember the visit for Uachtaran Christy Cooney.

A power point presentation showing a collaboration of the various photographs taken throughout the past momentous year was shown on three screens throughout the function room.

After a delicious four course meal served to everyone's satisfaction, Dick Mc Keague thanked St. Mary's club for choosing the Elk for their Annual Dinner dance. He then acknowledged the successes of the Junior Hurling Team and the great hype created from the recent Reeling Round Rasharkin event held in the Wild Duck.

Antrim Vice Chairman Jim Murray was up next; he also acknowledged our Junior Hurling team and said what a great achievement it was to win a county title. He talked of how well Rasharkin club and committee are run and added that they have served the county and province well with their players, referees and administrators. He wished our teams all the best is the up and coming season and concluded by thanking the club for the invitation.

Football guest and Antrim Football manager Liam "Baker" Bradley then spoke, he thanked the club for their support at all county matches last season and looked forward for continued support this season, indeed he said that he has big plans for the county footballers this year. He said that everyone should be setting their targets high and work towards them, this is how dreams are achieved. He wished the senior football team every success this season under the stewardship of his right hand man Paddy Mc Neill.

Hurling guest and Dunloy star Gregory O'Kane made his way to the podium; he said that it was no surprise that the junior hurlers bridged an eighteen year gap in lifting the Junior Hurling Championship title and were only minutes away from a provincial crown. He said that he attended many games this year and witnessed the team progressing towards their success.

Club chairman rounded of the speeches by firstly thanking the Elk for the quality of the meal and to everyone for their attendance. He acknowledged the successes of the Hurling team and the great achievement it was clinching the county championship, he said that the team narrowly missed out on provincial success. He thanked the managers Marty Mc Grath and Dan Mc Kay, helpers Anthony Mc Taggart, Paul Kearns and Lawrence Kelly. Brian made special mention to Tom Magill and thanked him for his efforts throughout the year.

On the football front he said that we made the disappointing drop to the second division, but must remain focused to build a settled team and return back to top flight football.

He then talked about the achievements of the under 14 hurlers in capturing the North Antrim "B" shield and thanked the players and the management team of Paul Mc Ferran, Dan Mc Kay, Brendan Mc Mullan, Brendan Carey and John Henderson.

The Junior Camogiers were then acknowledged for winning the Junior Camogie Shield again the players and management team of Padraig Tunney and Paddy Mc Lernon were thanked.

Brian then talked about the importance of "Naomh Mhuire le Cheile" St.Mary's together. This captivates what the club want to achieve in club development in the foreseeable future and can only become reality with everyone's support and commitment. He then mentioned all the successful events run last year to celebrate 125 years of GAA - GAA Quiz, National Schools Day, La na Chlub day, GAA School Concert, Pig Racing, Club / Parish Parade and the extraordinary finale Reeling Round Rasharkin event which captured the whole parish and community of Rasharkin.

He added that the visit of Uachtaran Christy Cooney back in July was a momentous occasion for St. Mary's.

Brian then finished by thanking his wife, fellow officers, committee, players and club members for all their work and asked for their assistance in the coming year.